Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 N964VJ, Saturday 18 January 1992
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Date:Saturday 18 January 1992
Time:10:28
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Owner/operator:USAir
Registration: N964VJ
MSN: 47373/522
Year of manufacture:1969
Total airframe hrs:59251 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Elmira Regional Airport, NY (ELM) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Ithaca-Tompkins County Airport, NY (ITH/KITH)
Destination airport:Elmira Regional Airport, NY (ELM/KELM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Last reported wind was 310deg at 25 knots. During the runway 24 landing flare lifted the plane in a nose down attitude. The plane continued to descend and landed hard. The fuselage had cracked just aft of the wings and the aft fuselage was bent down about 7 degrees.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft encountered a sudden wind gust during landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing."

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: BFO92FA020
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

13 June 1984 N964VJ USAir 0 Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW) sub

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photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA); September 1976

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